With the help of the wax boy, who answers to the name Dud, Poppy resolves to find out who was behind the fire. But in the course of her investigation, she discovers that things in Paraffin aren’t always as they seem, that the Grosholtz Candle Factory isn’t as pure as its reputation—and that some of the townspeople she’s known her entire life may not be as human as they once were. In fact, they’re starting to look a little . . . waxy. Can Poppy and Dud extinguish the evil that's taking hold of their town before it’s too late? @goodreads
I was hoping to really love this book but it was okay. I was thinking it was going to be more scary than it was, it wasn't really scary. The thought was more scary. **A Mild Spoiler Or Two**
Anyhoo, Poppy is a teenager living in Paraffin, Vermont. <--- heh! funny since the town is known for making candles. Poppy is known for some little incident that happened when she put on a play but I really don't see why these people had to be so rude about it and laugh at her. She was on tv and in papers across the globe. But she is keeping her head up and dealing with it.
The Grosholtz Candle Factory has been around for years. They modernized the front of the factory but in the back you can still see the old castle looking building.
Poppy's best friend is Jill and they are your typical teens. They were funny and got on your nerves. Poppy runs the drama club at school (if you can call it that) and doesn't get picked on that much any more. Well, with the exception of some stupid boy.
Moving on . . . .
One day Poppy and Jill go to the candle factory and go on the tour. Poppy sneaks into the older sections where she's not supposed to be. She ends up finding a scary room and an old lady.
There are all kinds of wax figures in the room and she talks to the lady for a little while. Seems that the lady has been around forever, but there is more to the story than that . . .
When Poppy leaves the old lady gives her a candle to take with her. And when Poppy gets home she finds that she has a wax boy in her trunk. Guess that was another surprise. Oh, and he's naked. She names him Dud and they end up going on a mystery together to find out what is happening to the town and what the real story is.... and I'm not going to tell you.
Overall the book was okay. I would recommend it to people that like a little cheese in their young adult books, people that like candles, wax figures and a little bit of cray!